Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas @DougieClaire @MichaelJBooks #BookReview #AudiobookReview #NetGalleyCountdown #Book566

Posted April 19, 2021 by Zoé in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas
Published by Michael Joseph on August 8, 2019
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Net Galley
Pages: 448
Also by this author: The Text

One missing. One a murderer. One trying to find the truth.

Flora has her whole life ahead of her - until the summer night she vanishes.

Her sister Heather was a good girl - until the spring morning she kills two people.

Jess Fox was once like a sister to them both.

But called home to investigate Heather's crime, she begins to wonder if she really knew either sister at all . . .

I had so many questions when I was listening to this book, I wrote most of them down when I was listening to this book. Looking back at them, the author did a nice job of making sure every single one had been answered. That is awesome! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I read this book and I only skimmed the blurb because I wanted everything to be a surprise.

What I enjoyed about this book, is each main character of Heather, Flora, Jessica and Margot had their own voice, each narrated by a different narrator. To me it added a dynamic to the book, it gave everyone their own story and their own purpose. Each suffering from different regrets or shame, some more than others. As I said, I had so many questions, why did Jess and Heather fall out as kids? What happened at the Tribune? And mainly why were two people shot dead?

I have to admit that when it came to final final reveal at the end, I knew what was coming. It didn’t phase me though, I quite enjoyed that I knew who it was, even though we had layers of misdirection to go through!

When we learn about Flora, wow, that was a shocking story. How her last day was spent, and the impact on everyone’s lives was fraught with emotion. Always typical, can’t say anymore, but I was not expecting that!

This is very much a slow burn book, we are seduced as teenagers by the older men, the lights of the fairs and as we grow up, we were on the beaten track to some kind of redemption in many ways. I really enjoyed this story and all the mini-stories that went inside with it. Things that you originally think were all linked together had no bearing at all, this I LOVED, as it was more meat on the bone to digest.

I will be back to read another by Claire Douglas as I have enjoyed this adventure for sure!

Until next time xxxx

About Claire Douglas

Claire Douglas always wanted to write novels and, after many years of trying to get published, her dream came true when she won the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award in 2013 with THE SISTERS.

Her subsequent novels LOCAL GIRL MISSING, LAST SEEN ALIVE and DO NOT DISTURB all reached the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers list and are published in over fifteen countries. LOCAL GIRL MISSING was the bestselling crime debut of 2018 in Germany. Her fifth thriller, THEN SHE VANISHES is due for release in Ebook end of June 2019 and in paperback August 2019.

You can find Claire on Twitter at @DougieClaire, instagram as clairedouglasauthor or visit her Facebook page clairedouglasauthor

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